The Marseille coach was obviously not satisfied with the arbitration of Clément Turpin during Lens-OM on Saturday evening.
The race for second place is not yet over, but Olympique de Marseille may have seen their last title chances vanish on Saturday night at Bollaert, with the defeat conceded against RC Lens (2-1). The Phocaeans had however started this shock of the 34th day of Ligue 1 well, with the goal of Alexis Sanchez from the 9th minute, but this goal was refused late. Solicited by the VAR, Clément Turpin finally ruled that the Chilean striker had foul on Kevin Danso by recovering the ball.
Alexis Sanchez believes to open the scoring for OM but his goal is disallowed for a foul on Danso ❌
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For former referee Saïd Ennjimi, there is nothing to complain about this action. “Personally, I see a flagrant foul by Alexis Sanchez on the Lensois defender. It must be fixed on the lower body. Sanchez crashes into Danso’s legs and creates the foulconfides the consultant of L’Equipe. I think Clément Turpin should have whistled straight away. But, he hadn’t detected Sanchez’s fault, so he went back on it because it was a clear mistake. The video was relevant. »
“If this referee has balls…”
Igor Tudor disagrees. “Alexis Sanchez told me that there was a goal, that it was legal, I believe it. I watched the video and for me…I see no fault”, confided the Olympian coach at a press conference. But what bothered the Croatian technician even more was another action, where Mr. Turpin did not intervene.
“The details make the difference. It’s soccer. The Lensois pushed hard, so did we. We conceded a goal from a corner. They have opportunities, we had them too. A detail, it is the second yellow card for Medina, developed Igor Tudor, in remarks relayed by RMC. I told that referee at halftime. I told him that he had the courage – and I say courage – to invalidate the goal (from Sanchez) but that he had not had the courage to give the second yellow to Medina. If he has balls, he must have some for that too. »